21 Mar Uncover the Truth About CBD: Fact vs. Fiction
We know the Future Watch is about the latest advancements in the Technology world, but we just had to talk about this.
Also known as cannabidiol.
It’s taking the world by storm – and set to be a future $20B industry by 2020. Let’s discuss.
Marijuana has been around for thousands of years. It was mainly used to give the sensation of feeling “high” or “floating”. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), also known as a cannabinoid, is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis which causes this reaction.
Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and doesn’t have the same intoxicating effect. This distinction is what makes it an appealing option for people looking for relief from pain and anxiety without the mind-altering effects that marijuana usually inflicts.
According to the U.S. government, there are no serious side effects and signs of toxicity observed after chronic administration of Cannabis sativa cannabinoids even when administered in very high doses.
Some people are calling CBD a “miracle drug”:
“I feel as different as night and day” – Andrea W.
“This is a lifesaver” – Mike L.
“Nothing else worked for me, until I found this” – Jason G.
The New York Times even calls it . . .
“The Cure for the 21st Century”
It is no surprise that Forbes estimates that this market will be worth $3 billion within just a few short years. Clearly proving that people are buying and using this substance for medicinal purposes.
However, there is some controversy about this oil mainly due to the relationship with cannabis. So, we are here to debunk some of the facts from fiction and clear up any misconceptions you may have.
Fact: CBD can interact with our endocannabinoid system
Every creature on earth has an endocannabinoid system, including humans. These are chemical receptors in the body with traits similar to cannabis. They control vital functions in our body including our reception of pain, mood, appetite, sleep, our immune system, and our memory.
The endocannabinoids your body produces are simply neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system.
Often times this system becomes exhausted. Scientists consider this may be a contributing factor for certain diseases. Further, studies show that consumption of CBD can create high levels of endocannabinoids in our body.
Fiction: There is no scientific information proving CBD works
Research carried out by HerbMighty shows that CBD is involved in the reduction of schizophrenia attacks and also effective in relieving social anxiety.
There is also a significant amount of proof to support the effectiveness of CBD oil in the treatment of several forms of childhood epilepsy.
In June 2018, the first FDA-approved medication was released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It was called Epidiolex (which was made with a purified form of CBD derived from marijuana).
It’s use was for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy in patients 2 years of age and older. These 2 forms were: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
In 2015, a review published in the journal Substance Abuse showed scientists found that CBD may be beneficial in the treatment of cannabis and tobacco addiction.
Research of 14 previously published studies also showed that through the therapeutic effects of CBD may help people in the treatment of opioid, cocaine, and/or psychostimulant addiction.
Fact: CBD comes from Hemp
Until now you probably didn’t realize that hemp and cannabis are the same plant. The difference is that hemp contains hardly any levels of THC (less than 0.2%) but is thriving with CBD.
Hemp is known for its absorption of toxins from the soil when planted. It has even been used to clean up contaminated ground from industrial pollution. So, when purchasing your CBD make sure you choose the organic product which will be free of heavy metals and pesticides.
Fiction: CBD is only to help relieve pain
CBD is known to treat a wide variety of health issues ranging from mild ailments to chronic medical conditions. Some of these include:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Chronic pain
- Huntington’s disease
- Hypoxia-ischemia injury
- Inflammatory bowel (IBD) and Crohn’s diseases
- Loss of appetite and body weight
- Muscle spasms
- Parkinson’s disease
- Male infertility
CBD has also been known to promote sounder sleep, reduce inflammation and pain, fight oxidative stress, and improve heart health. One of the products the Future Watch team regularly uses is CBD Pure (click here to read a review).
There have been several human studies done using both CBD and THC in effectively treating pain related to multiple sclerosis and arthritis.
An oral spray called Sativex was approved in multiple countries for treating pain related to multiple sclerosis.
A study done involving 47 people were given the Sativex to use for one month. During that time, they experienced a significant improvement in pain, walking and muscle spasms.
Another study showed that Sativex also improved the quality of sleep and help relieve pain during rest in 58 people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Fact: CBD can help reduce anxiety and depression
Two of the most common mental health disorders that can have a devastating impact on your health and well-being are: Anxiety and Depression.
The World Health Organization states that depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide leaving anxiety disorders ranking in sixth place.
While mainly treated with benzodiazepines, these medications can be addictive and can lead to substance abuse.
A study that was done involving 24 people all diagnosed with social anxiety disorder were split into two groups. The first group was given 600mg of CBD while the second was given a placebo.
The results show that those that have taken CBD showed a significant decrease in anxiety and discomfort during a public speaking test, and their cognitive ability was also boosted.
CBD has also been used to treat children with post-traumatic stress disorder. For a complete best CBD oils guide for buyers, click here.
Fiction: CBD is addictive
Even though CBD stimulates your dopamine and serotonin levels giving you that “feeling good” factor it doesn’t work the same way as cannabis and is not addictive.
CBD has been known to enhance your endocannabinoid system to restore balance and harmony in your body. The endocannabinoid system as explained earlier controls and regulates many functions in your body including sleep, inflammation, mood and appetite.
Fact: CBD heals and protects the brain
Researchers have one word to describe CBD:
As the CBD industry grows in the future, it only makes sense that eventually technology will be involved to help expand it even further. When that happens, we’ll be sure to keep you guys updated. The CBD and Technology industry is super promising and the next few years will prove this.